BASC welcomes firearms provision in new Policing and Crime Bill

BASC, the UK’s largest shooting organisation, has welcomed the introduction of the firearms provisions contained in the new Policing and Crime Bill placed before parliament today. The new provisions provide an opportunity to clarify areas of the law which would benefit those who shoot.

The Bill contains some provisions relating to the recent Law Commission recommendations on firearms law.

This legislation comes at an important time for shooting, when firearms law is in the spotlight. In Europe, the government is currently negotiating hard to represent the lawful interests of the British shooting community as the Commission makes proposals for the amendment of the European Firearms Directive. BASC has played a key role in briefing Ministers, civil servants and MEPs to ensure that unintended consequences do not damage shooting in the UK .

The Bill includes provisions for:

BASC will continue to represent the interests of its members and the wider shooting community in discussions with the Home Office.

Gary Ashton, Director of Firearms Operations at BASC said: “BASC is confident that the government supports British shooting and wishes to see it prosper, nevertheless it is important that any changes made during the passage of the Bill through parliament do not have adverse or unintended consequences. BASC will be active in ensuring that it is properly scrutinised and that the interests of shooting and our members are protected.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 February 2016 10:13